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Dramani advices Africans against playing in Russia

Published on: 27 March 2011

Ghana midfielder Haminu Dramani has told fellow African players never to dream of playing in the Russian Premier League because of a barrage of racist attacks.

The 2006 Ghana World Cup star was speaking to the BBC's James Kumarasamy about growing levels of racism in the 2018 Fifa World Cup host.

The world's attention have been drawn to the high levels of racial slurs in Russian football after Zenit St. Petersburg fans racially assaulted Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos with banana symbolisms.

Dramani who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow says he is deeply worried by the trend and will never advice any African footballer to move to the Northern Europe country.

"No!, I will never advice any African player to come to Russia especially those from my side of the continent.

Russia is well noted for this and is not encouraging." Dramani told the BBC.

In 2008, Uefa punished Zenit St. Petersburg for racially abusing Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew.


This article has 17 comment(s), give your comment
  • LESLIE says:
    March 28, 2011 09:12 am
    Thank you my man and may Allah bless you for this advise.....
    March 28, 2011 08:16 am
    Well, Blatter and FIFA will be scratching their heads coming 2018 about very embarassing racial incidents that will occur in Russia. Racial intolerance goes to the core of the Russian psyche and nothing can be done within the next 7 years to change that. Why they were given the hosting rights of the 2018 world cup beats me. Africans have endured racial slurs and epithets going back to the 1960s when most African countries gained independence and Moscow began to offer scholarships to students from the continent to study in that country. So this is nothing new.
  • frank says:
    March 27, 2011 11:37 pm
    they go there to simply drink vodka
  • coach says:
    March 27, 2011 08:12 pm
    My brother, you are right. There is no better things in Russia except racial abuse. I wonder why at this present time, they are still not civilise.
  • oboy says:
    March 27, 2011 08:15 pm
    Dramani I hope ur fellow Africans take this advice in good faith.Boy be strong emotionally God is in control
  • Sam says:
    March 27, 2011 08:51 pm
    I hope al ghanaians are listening.God bles ya.
  • Jimmy says:
    March 27, 2011 10:26 pm
    Quincy said it and also Kingston
  • Johnny says:
    March 27, 2011 10:32 pm
    Well, Haminu, you need to get the **** out of the frigids before you go public about their already documented racism.
  • Faisal From Chicago says:
    March 27, 2011 10:38 pm
    I hate seeing this white people calling blacks names and stuff. You not better than blacks. I wonder why people even go to russia, those white trash.
  • Lord Dennig says:
    March 28, 2011 02:30 am
    Dramai, one of my respectable players in the BS. How i wish he is in good form to come back.
  • Vladimir Putin says:
    March 28, 2011 03:40 am
    Russia is Eastern Europe not Northern!...anyway, Dramani know what to do....Gotta Get the F*ck outta der!!....russia is full of racist, skinhead mofos!!...who hate blacks and expectially black men cus the just hate the fact that blk men are banging their russian women, and they gotta stay home and beat their dick or just root pudown....hahahahaha!!!!
  • Vladimir Putin says:
    March 28, 2011 03:45 am
    And I wonder how da f*ck did they get the chance of hosting a global sport like the 2018 World Cup????....with millions of foreigners flocking that country??? gone be something, coming 2018...fifa need to take a nota of dat shit!!!
  • NOTORO says:
    March 28, 2011 01:24 pm
    Russians are primitive bunch. I am not surprised they still hold on to such levels of racist tendencies in this time and age.
  • blinks says:
    March 28, 2011 01:45 pm
    Dramani is right of what he is saying.. Russians are the most racist people on this planet earth..i have stayed in Moscow for years and i can testify to that..they have no respect for blacks...the so called skinheads darkheads and the Russian mafias man they will wound you,if am to say what we the blacks are facing over here, i will not end my story.... you better advice your self and think twice as a player or a hustler before coming here..
  • osei says:
    March 28, 2011 03:07 pm
    They were foolishly taken of the grace of God almighty by the lenin and the starling and their minds are fucking blank with good news. They are still in the days when Adam sin and got kick out of the garden of Aden. Foolish. The good news of Jesus has to go there to rekindle and refresh their foolish minds. This is the only excuse they have.
  • Alex says:
    November 08, 2011 06:26 pm
    Is it not possible to have a country without Africans? I mean, we Russians respect you, but if you stay in your own land, with your own people. We have had many black Africans here since the Soviet times that left thousands of mulatto children behind. Is it wrong to ask if we could keep our God-given genetic heritage intact? We would not do the same to you.
  • issadinho says:
    February 08, 2014 03:45 am
    Our mathew booth was also insulted in that fucken country by married to black beauty while he is white guyn,,mnxm futseeek RUSSIANS